Start a New Student Club

Starting a New Student Club

If you don’t see the club you are looking for, maybe it’s time to start one!

Recognizing a Student Club or Organization
New student organizations may be formed when a genuine need has been demonstrated. To start a new student club, students are required to attend a proposed new student organization workshop offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. There, you will receive advice to guide you through the process including how to create a proposal.

Proposal for a New Club
To create a proposal for a new club, students should contact the Board of Controllers at to request a New Club Packet. In preparation for the completion of the packet, the new club will need to:

  1. Collect the names of at least 10 current CMSV students willing to be founding members.
  2. Create a constitution listing the proposed club’s goal and objectives. The Office of Student Activities, Leadership, and Commuter Life (OSALCL) will assist in this goal-setting process prior to making the proposal.
  3. Once the constitution is ready, the founding students present their proposal to Student Government.
  4. Each club must have an advisor, selected from the ranks of a full time faculty or administrators. Students are welcome to suggest candidates to the OSALCL

Official Recognition
The OSALCL and the Board of Controllers (BOC) has the authority to approve or deny the organization’s petition for full recognition status. A letter granting a club or organization official recognition will be sent by the BOC chair to the organization’s current president, advisor, Student Government, and the OSALCL.

If your organization is denied, you will have a 48-hour window to write a letter of appeal to Student Government and the OSALCL. The club or organization will be given the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Student Government Senate. If your proposal is denied again, you have to wait until the following semester to try to register your organization again.